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A collection of historical documents and source code around either the Atari Corporation of California, or work done on programs that ran on Atari computers.

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Atari Historical Documents
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It's the source code for the seminal Atari 8-bit computer game, Star Raiders, complete with comments. If this is something you appreciate, please make a donation to the Internet Archive . The Atari community has converted this listing to text for easy search and compilation, visit here for info .
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Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, source code, Star Raiders
Atari Historical Documents
by Aric Wilmunder
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The attached .atr file is the unreleased, unfinished Star Raiders II game for the Atari 8-bit computers, created by Aric Wilmunder in 1983 when he worked for Atari coin-op. Use with an Atari emulator or on real hardware.  Also attached: guide to controls in the game and " The Authoritative Star Raiders II", Aric's description  of why the game was created. An audio interview with Aric is published in Antic - the Atari 8-Bit Podcast . Jan 16 2016: The source code and original design...
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Star Raiders, Star Raiders II, unreleased software, Atari 400, Doug Neubauer
Atari Historical Documents
by Joe Decuir
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Joe Decuir's 1977 engineering notebook from when he worked at Atari, including design concepts (lots on the Atari 2600 and Atari 400/800) feasibility studies, meeting notes, teardown of competing products (such as VIC-20, TI 99/4A) Scanned from Joe's photocopy of his notebook with his permission. At some point, Joe was made to turn the original notebook into Atari management, but he made these photocopies first. Some pages are not of the quality that we might prefer. The scans look just as good...
Topics: Atari, Atari 2600, Atari VCS, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari history, VIC-20, TI 99/4A
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A silly video produced internally at Atari around Christmas 1981. Shows the Atari workplace and many employees.
Topics: Atari Corporation, 1981, Christmas video
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This is the very first version of the Atari 800 operators manual, written in 1979 by Liza Loop. Only 200 of this version were printed. There are many differences between what's shown in this manual and the actual production hardware and software. An interview with Liza Loop is here:  https://archive.org/details/LizaLoopInterview
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Topics: Atari 800, manual, Atari 8-bit, Atari BASIC, prototype
Atari Historical Documents
by Joe Decuir
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Joe Decuir's 1978 engineering notebook from when he worked at Atari, including design concepts (lots on the Atari 400/800, especially the ANTIC chip) feasibility studies, meeting notes, teardown of competing products (such as Magnavox Odyssey 2) Scanned from Joe's notebook with his permission. Pages 102 through 199 are not written on, and therefore not scanned. There is also  another notebook, from 1977 . Scanned July 14 2016 by Kevin Savetz, savetz.com
Topics: Joe Decuir, Atari, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, computer history, engineering notebook,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Bo Schreurs
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These pictures of Atari 8-Bit hardware were included on the Atari POOLDISK 1.0 CD-ROM and are in the public domain. They were on the CD-ROM in .PCX format, dated 1995, and converted to .PNG by Kevin Savetz in 2015. The resolution is pretty low, I suppose due to the nature of digital cameras in 1995. I am also uploading the original .PCX files in a .ZIP, though I'm not sure why you'd need them. The description in the pictures directory says: "In this directory, you see our collection of...
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari hardware photos, Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL
This version of the Atari 400/800 Hardware Manual is dated November 1980. This appears to be an early edition of the document meant for in-house use at Atari, with formatting and content differences from the publicly released 1982 version .
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Operating System, hardware manual
Atari Historical Documents
by Gray Chang
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Scans of Gray Chang's handwritten notebook detailing the development process of the Atari 400/800 game Claim Jumper, published by Synapse Software. Kevin Savetz scanned this notebook, with permission from Gray, in December 2014.
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Topics: Atari 800, Synapse Software, Claim Jumper, Gray Chang, Dog Daze, assembly language, software...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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An introduction to assembly language programming on the Atari 8-bit computers and the Atari Assembler Editor. This packet was available at Atari Club Med. The required Advanced Topics Diskette is also attached.
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, 6502 programming, 6502 chip, Atari Assembler Editor, assembly...
Atari Historical Documents
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An internal memo from Atari dated October 14, 1980, found inside an Atari Assembler/Editor cartridge manual. Written by Scott Scheiman of Atari
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Assembler Editor cartridge, 6502 programming, 6502 bug,...
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The Magic Room, a film about Atari Computer Camps, shot in 1982. Robert Elfstrom Productions Executive Producer Linda S. Gordon Executive Consultant Lauren Dunbar Produced/Directed by Robert Elfstrom and Lucy Hilmer Edited by Michael Chandler Associate Producer Gloria S. Borders Music by Sasha Matson Photographed by Robert Elfstrom Written by Lucy Hilmer and Michael Chandler Production Advisor Richard Pugh Sound Agamemnon Andrianos Additional Sound Nelson Stoll Production Manager Kathleen...
Topics: Atari, Atari Computer Camps, Computer Camp
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notes on the FORTH Assembler For 6502 Microprocessor for Atari 8-bit computers
Topics: FORTH Programming Language, 6502 chip, 6502 assembly language, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
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This module teaches about the internal workings of the Atari 8-bit computers and how programs are executed in the machine. Covers:  - assembly language and machine code  - number systems and conversion  - machine memory  - central processing unit (6502 CPU)  - additional chips (ANTIC POKEY GTIA etc) This packet was available at Atari Club Med.
Topics: Atari 8-bit architecture, Atari 400, Atari 800, 6502 chip, assembly language programming, Atari...
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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Colleen Floating Point Routines by Carol Shaw Circa 1979 More accurate versions of the following Shepardson routines: EXP, EXP10, LOG, LOG10, SIN, COS, ATAN, SGR, and POWER.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Shepardson Microsystems, floating point, Atari BASIC, 6502 assembly language
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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Colleen Calculator Atari calculator cartridge, 1979 by Carol Shaw source code printout
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 400. Atari 800, 6502 assembly language source code
Atari Historical Documents
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Scans from a binder of music related material from the Atari Club Med resort project. This contains a combination of Atari internal information and notes, and curriculum for the customers at Club Med. I've organized the material as best I can deduce, given the dividers in the binder. Includes information about several music programs for the Atari 8-bits, including Rumdrums, Music Composer, AtariMusic I and II.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari Club Med, Club Med, music software, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corp.
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A price list for the Atari Company Store for employee purchases, dated August 24, 1981.
Topics: Atari, employee purchases, company store, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by K-Byte Software
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Cartridge dump and pictures of rare K-Byte K-DOS on cartridge. For Atari 400/800 computers
Topics: K-Byte Software K-DOS, KDOS, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari DOS
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Manual for the unreleased Atari PILOT II programming language for the Atari 400/800 computers Circa 1982 This product was announced in Atari catalogs as Atari SuperPILOT, but never released.
Topics: Atari PILOT, SuperPILOT, PILOT programming language, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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BNF for Atari BASIC programming language April 18, 1980
Topics: Backus–Naur Form, Backus Normal Form, Atari BASIC, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, memo
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Two books, totaling 200 pages, of curriculum for Atari's summer camp in 1983. Book 1 covers general computing topics like music and graphics and programming with a turtle in PILOT. Book 2 is a detailed guide to programming in PILOT.
Topics: Atari computer camps, Atari computer camp, computer camp curriculum, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari...
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A videotape touting the benefit of users groups for Atari 8-bit computer users. Published by Atari / Atari Computer Enthusiasts Support. Dated 1983. These groups appear in the video: Atari Booster League East Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Eugene (Oregon) Dallas Atari Computer Enthusiasts (Texas) Jersey Atari Computer Group (JACE, New Jersey) Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts Novatari Portland Atari Club (Oregon) Starfleet Suburban Chicago Atarians (Illinois) Tulsa Regional Atari Computer...
Topics: Atari, Atari users groups, Atari computers, Atari 8-bit, computer users groups, computer history,...
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Curriculum for Atri Club Med — a BASIC programming resource book for self-teaching programming. Disk of related problems is also uploaded.
Topics: Atari BASIC, Atari Club Med, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari Special Projects Group
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Proposed Colleen/Candy Game Standards Rev. A Discusses behavior when a game cartridge is used with the Atari 400/800 computers Atari internal memo from George Simcock dated March 26, 1979
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari memo, George Simcock
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Atari Educational Software Directory — Fall 1983
Topics: Atari software, Atari 8-bit Atari 800, educational software, computer history
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Notes that someone took at a class held by Chris Crawford at a Atari about the Atari PCS — that is, the Atari 400 and Atari 800 computer systems. Notes from November of unknown year (circa 1979-1981). Note taker unknown; may have been Bob or Ted Kahn.
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari PCS, Chris Crawford
Atari Historical Documents
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The first of two books containing Atari Computer Camp BASIC curriculum.
Topics: Atari Computer Camps, Atari Computer Camp, Camp Atari, BASIC programming, BASIC language
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Correspondense from Atari Program Exchange to programmer Richard Wiitala from 1981 through 1984. Provided courtesy of Mr. Wiitala. He was the author of the educational game Number Blast, published by APX.
Topics: Atari Program Exchange, APX, Atari, Richard Wiitala, Number Blast
Atari Historical Documents
by Swarthmore College
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Scans of the contents of a binder from Atari Special Projects circa 1981-1982, regarding the Swarthmore College Trigonometry Project. The goal was to produce Atari disks which would cover all the major aspects of trigonometry. The file includes newspaper clip, grant proposals, instructions for software use. (The three disks of Atari software will be uploaded as well.)
Topics: Swarthmore College, Atari 8-bit, trigonometry, Atari software, math games
Atari Historical Documents
by Keith Ball and Brian Johnston
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Atari Diagnostic Cartridge Evaluation Memo, Atari internal memo by Keith Ball and Brian Johnston dated April 23 1980. Re Atari 400/800 computers.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Diagnostic Cartridge
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An Introduction To Selling The Atari 400 Computer System.
Topics: Atari, 400, Selling, Computer, System, 8-bit, XE, XL
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Atari Internal Representation Of Text And Graphics Atari 1983, Revised May 1984 This packet was available at Atari Club Med.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari BASIC, Atari graphics, Atari Club Med
Atari Historical Documents
by Karl L. Zinn
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Guide for training and assistance in use of VisiCalc, an electronic spreadsheet for the Atari 800 and 1200XL. DRAFT 2 June 1983 by Karl L. Zinn, Ann Arbor, MI. This packet was created for, and available at, Atari Club Med.
Topics: Visicalc, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, spreadsheet, Visicalc guide, Atari, Atari Club Med, Club Med,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Optimized Systems Software
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Optimized Systems Software newsletter -  January 1984
Topics: OSS, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800. Optimized Systems Software, Action! programming language,...
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Pamphlets for Atari 600XL, 800XL, 1400XL, and 1450XLD computers.
Topics: Atari 600XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 1400XL, Atari 1450XLD
Atari Historical Documents
by Brian Johnston
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Overview Of Atari DOS Version 2.4+ written by Brian Johnston on June 27, 1980
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari DOS, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari DOS 2.4
Atari Historical Documents
by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium
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WE CAN — Wholesome Effective Computer Applications Network and Atari present BASIC ARITHMETIC, version 1, Disk #1405 Manual by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) February 15, 1982
Topics: Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, MECC, Atari, WE CAN, Basic Arithmetic, Atari 8-bit,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Michael Ekber and Brian Johnston
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Atari internal memo about problems with a beta version of Atari BASIC programming language 
Topics: Atari BASIC, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, memo
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Flyer/Specifications sheet for Atari 400 personal computer "You don't have to be a genius to use one"
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, spec sheet, Warner Communications
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by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium
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WE CAN — Wholesome Effective Computer Applications Network and Atari present METRIC AND PROBLEM SOLVING, version 1, Disk #1404 Manual by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) February 15, 1982
Topics: Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, MECC, Atari, WE CAN, Metric system, Metric and Problem...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Guide for training and assistance in the use of AtariWriter, a word processor for the Atari 800 and Atari 1200XL. DRAFT 1 June 1983 by Karl L. Zinn, Ann Arbor MI. In two parts: a tutorial/guide, and guided activities. This packet was used at Atari Club Med.
Topics: AtariWriter, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari 8-bit, Karl L. Zinn, Karl Zinn, Atari Club Med
Atari Historical Documents
by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium
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WE CAN — Wholesome Effective Computer Applications Network and Atari present PREFIXES, version 1, Disk #1409 Manual by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) May 31, 1982
Topics: Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, MECC, Atari, WE CAN, Prefixes, reading comprehension,...
Atari Historical Documents
by T.P. Love
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Atari Interactive Debugger — an M.Sc Dissertation by T.P. Love at the University of Liverpool. 
Topics: Timothy Love, Atari ST, debugger, Motorola 68000, C programming language, Motorola MC68000, Atari...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari International
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Atari Program Exchange Software Catalog Spring 1983 Edition
Topics: Atari, Program, Exchange, APX, Software, Catalogue, 1983, 8-bit, 800, XE, XL, International, UK
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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Specification for the (unreleased) Atari Calculator Cartridge for Atari 400/800 computers. Handwritten by Carol Shaw. March 1, 1979.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, calculator, unreleased software
Atari Historical Documents
by Ian Shepard
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Atari DOS Summary rev. B dated January 21, 1980 by Ian Shepard
Topics: Atari DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Valpar International
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Bumper sticker for Valpar International ValForth
Topics: ValForth, Valpar International, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Forth programming language
Atari Historical Documents
by Dennis Harkins
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Letters and articles from the files of Dennis Harkins, creator of Message Display Program, a character generator/message display application for the Atari 8-bit line of computers, which was sold via Atari Program Exchange (APX.) This archive also includes an ATR archive of the program itself, compatible with Atari emulators. An interview with Harkins appears in episode 8 of Antic - The Atari 8-Bit Podcast at http://www.AtariPodcast.com More information about Atari Program Exchange is...
Topics: Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, APX, Atari Program Exchange, Dennis Harkins, Message Display Program, APX...
Atari Historical Documents
by William Ted Farmer
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"Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios For 1942, 1943, 1944". By William Ted Farmer. Published in 1983 by Atari Program Exchange.  This set includes the manual, .ATR disk image, and a picture of the disk. An add-on to the game Eastern Front (1941) by Chris Crawford. For Atari 8-bit computers.
Topics: Eastern Front 1941, Chris Crawford, APX, Atari Program Exchange, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Clyde Spencer
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APX Stereo 3-D Graphics Package manual for the Atari 8-bit computers.
Topics: APX, Atari, Program, Exchange, Stereo, 3-d, Graphics, Package, 800, 400, 1200XL, XL, XE, 130XE, XEGS
Atari Historical Documents
by Janice B. Lauritzen
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Teaching Of Computer Literacy Through The Use Of ATARI PILOT. A graduate project written by Janice B. Lauritzen. May 1985.
Topics: Atari PILOT, Atari 8-bit, teaching PILOT programming, PILOT programming language, Atari 800, Atari...
Advantages of using the microcomputer as an interactive electronic blackboard are discussed, and programs and programming techniques are described to illustrate the construction, design, storage, and modification of colorful and animated graphic displays. The methods described are based on use of an Atari 800 microcomputer but could be used on other systems. Suggestions are made for the use of display lists, short programs dedicated to the video display, which specify where to find screen data...
Topics: Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Simulation,...